The leaks by Edward Snowden have pretty much confirmed that our phones are not exactly secure against attacks, particularly by government agencies like the NSA. However, if you’re looking for a smartphone that’s a bit more secure than your average iPhone or Android, perhaps you might want to consider the $14000 Solarin handset from a startup called Sirin Labs. Whether or not you will be allowed to purchase this smartphone depends on where you’re from.

This company describes the Solarin as a device “aimed at the international businessperson who carries a lot of sensitive information but doesn’t want to compromise on usability, quality or design.”

Sirin Labs is going to sell this device through its own flagship store in the Mayfair area of London tomorrow as well as through the high-end department store Harrods starting June 30th.

Solarin is packed with security features from third-party companies such as the anti-cyberattack software from Zimperium and chip-to-chip 256-bit AES encryption, which is the same technology that militaries around the world use to protect their communications. It will even have a physical security switch on its back for additional encryption.

The handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with X10 LTE, support for 24 LTE bands, multi-gigabit Wi-Fi technology and much more. It has a 5.5 inch IPS LED Quad HD resolution display up front and a 23.8 megapixel rear camera.

One has to wonder what’s to stop criminals and terrorists from acquiring this ultra-secure phone. The company has a plan in place to stop the potential abuse of this handset. it says that the phone will only be sold to people who are identified through their passport, and if potential customers are from a country that’s present in a list it has created, they won’t be able to buy Solarin. The company has not revealed which countries are on this list.

Filed in Cellphones.. Source: techcrunch